Moving can be an expensive endeavor. Between the deposit for your new place, transportation fees, and the additional costs of any renovations, money is usually pretty tight in the months before and after a move. Fortunately, there’s a crafty way you can reduce moving expenses and make a few extra bucks simultaneously: the pre-move purge.
The pre-move purge concept is simple — merely identify the items you absolutely must take with you to your new place and sell the rest! Of course, deciding what to take with you and what to leave behind is often easier said than done. So, to help simplify the process even further, the experienced movers of our Gainesville moving company have compiled the following guide to the pre-move purge!
Common Items To Sell
The pre-move purge’s primary goal isn’t just to lighten your load but to earn you some cash that you can put towards upgraded versions of the items you choose to sell! Below are a few everyday items people tend to sell and then re-buy later.
Furniture is one of the most common items people choose to sell before they move. The pre-move purge is the perfect opportunity to get rid of old, outdated furniture you no longer like and replace them with pieces that will fit better in your new home. Planning on painting your new place? Take the money earned from selling old furniture and use it to buy pieces that will compliment your walls!
Appliances, washers and dryers in particular, can be a pain to transport. Luckily, there’s always going to be someone who’d be happy to buy your old appliances from you. If you’re moving somewhere that comes with its own appliances, it’s an excellent opportunity to sell yours and pocket the change. Conversely, if your new place requires you to provide appliances, you’ll be able to buy yourself newer, better functioning appliances.
Most people don’t realize how many clothes they still have in their closets that either no longer fit or aren’t interested in wearing ever again. Sometime before moving day, gather up any clothes you’ve outgrown or no longer wear and sell them to clear up some closet space in your new home and earn some extra cash to put towards moving expenses.
How To Tell What You Should & Shouldn’t Sell
It can be hard to part with our belongings. Often, this reluctance to let things go, even if it’s for our own benefit, can cause us to hold on to things far longer than necessary. Should you come across any items you’re having trouble parting with during your pre-move purge, try asking yourself the following questions:
- How often do I use this?
- Does this function well?
- Does this item hold any sentimental value?
- Can this item be replaced by something more efficient?
- Would selling this item lower my moving expenses?
Let the answers to these questions guide your decision next time you’re unsure whether to sell or keep an item. Overall, just remember, if an item won’t fit the aesthetic of your new home, is too big for your new home, is something you hardly ever use, or doesn’t bring you any kind of joy — sell it!
Where To Sell Your Things
Once you’ve identified which items you’ll be parting with before moving day, the next step is to actually get rid of them. These days, there are a plethora of options for people hoping to sell their used items. Usually, the quickest and easiest way to sell your stuff is on some kind of online marketplace (eBay, Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, LetGo, etc.). Alternatively, you could always stop by a few secondhand shops or consignment stores and see if they’d be interested in offering anything you’re looking to sell. Of course, there’s also the good old fashioned way of selling things — having a pre-move garage sale!